TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, June 12, 2020:
Accept as true; to have confidence in the truth, existence, reliability, or value of something.
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
I John 5:13.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
When we believe in something, we have had to make a choice. We make decisions every day to either believe in that something or someone or not to believe in it. For example in a job situation we may come to a place where we have a choice to continue in some way or to reverse what we are doing and go another direction. We make this choice because we believe at that time that a reversal of direction is right.
Many times, parents and children have conflicts because the parent believes a certain thing or plan is right and the child does not see it that way. God has given each of us a free will to choose what we will believe.
Every day we have numerous situations that come our way where we have to make a decision as to what we believe and why. It is so easy to make wrong choices in life and we all do. Today we want to talk about spiritual choices we make based on what we believe.
We all have been given the choice to believe or not to believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We make the choice of believing in Jesus by faith. This is not something we can claim because we were born to parents who believed in Jesus or because we attend church or live in a so-called Christian country. It is something that we must accept by faith personally and then we become a child of God.
In order to be a true believer in Jesus one must believe the precepts to several principles that have been made clear to all of us in the scriptures.
One must first of all have a clear understanding of the gospel message of God’s plan of salvation and recognize it is up to us to accept it or reject it. This is essential in order for a person to believe and receive the good news (the gospel) of Jesus Christ. The death of Jesus on the cross was the only sacrifice required to remove us from our sins and to pay the penalty for them, which is death. God offered His grace as a gift to anyone who will receive it when He had Christ die on the cross.
Those that say they just can’t believe because they have intellectual reservations about the truth of God’s Word and His gift of salvation are just looking for excuses. It is not that they cannot believe it is that they don’t want to believe. The root of the reason they won’t believe is sin. They do not want to give up their sinful ways. Those that truly believe in God will choose to obey God which means turning away from their sinful way of living.
It is not head knowledge about Christ that makes us right with God. It is what we believe in our heart. In Romans 10:10 Paul writes, “For with the heart one believes and is justified (made right with God), and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
At some time each one of us must make a conscious decision to either believe in Jesus or not to believe in Him. People just do not become a believer in Jesus by their good works or just because they are a good person. It does not happen accidently. Faith in Jesus is a conscious and definitive choice. The choice to believe in Jesus defines who we are and determines where we will spend eternity.
When a person makes the choice to believe in Jesus the result is a blessed assurance that comes into the heart of the believer that his or her sins are forgiven and he or she has been made right with God.
Those who make a choice to become a believer enter into a personal relationship with Jesus and surrender to Him. They will desire to embrace the Word of God and live his or her life fully for the Lord. One will no longer want to muddle through the rituals of some religion out of habit but, instead will relish the opportunity of worship and fellowship with other believers. Then one will know what it means to have real peace in their heart and they will find joy in the Lord that will amaze them.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Matthew 5:7.
Blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy.
Thank You, Jesus, for dying on the cross to atone for my sins and make me right with God. Thank You for giving me the opportunity to choose to believe in You. Give me the certainty that I know You and am serving You according to Your will and not mine. Help me to be a faithful child of God who lives for You daily and serves You and loves You with all of my heart.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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